Published: 02/08/2021 By Steve RodgersIf you’ve decided to put your home on the market, then you’re probably thinking about sprucing it up before potential buyers start to call. You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. We have put together some short handy tips to improve the look and feel of your home without breaking the bank.
Your home will appear larger and more attractive if it isn’t filled with clutter. Now is a good time to get rid of any unwanted or unused items that are taking up space in your home. De-cluttering now means you won’t be taking any junk into your new home either. If there are things you can’t stand to get rid of storing them in a cupboard or drawer will keep surfaces clear. Your home will be easier to clean and will look tidy while your home is on the market.
Clean the Windows
Potential buyers always look out of windows. They want to see the views from the front and the rear. If you have sparkling clean windows the rest of the house appears to be clean too. Browse the web for a window cleaning company in your area so that you can get the upstairs windows cleaned without having to climb ladders yourself. Also, make sure any doors you have with glass in them are clean too.
Check the Exterior
If you’ve got a garden, then mow the lawn and do some weeding. Even if you’re not green fingered a tidy garden will be much more appealing. If you have broken toys or pieces garden furniture throw them away. Get rid of anything that’s just lying around. If you have wooden window frames that look tatty, give them a paint. It might be worth finding a handyman who will come round and do any bits and pieces to the exterior. Make sure the front door is painted if it is solid. A well-painted front door will look smart and give a good first impression.
Paint any rooms that need freshening up. You can use white paint to make it more affordable and it will give your buyer a blank canvas to work from if they want to add colour. Don’t forget skirting boards and the loft hatch if you have one.
Tidy the Garage
If you have a garage give it a tidy up and sweep through. Clean any windows and make sure there’s enough room to get into it. If you use it for storage, try and make sure most things are in boxes. Seeing old clothes and pieces of furniture lying about might put people off.
Make the house smell good
If you’ve got a dog or a teenager with smelly trainers, now is the time to get out the Febreze. A few squirts combined with a plug-in air freshener will do the trick. If you know people are coming and you’ve got a coffee, put it on. Not many people dislike the smell of coffee, even people who don’t drink it. If you smoke, it might be a good idea to stop smoking in the house, especially if you are redecorating.
Don’t forget you could be competing with similar properties in your area, so making your home looks fresh, bright and tidy it just might give you the edge against someone with a similar property who hasn’t been quite so prepared.